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It won’t be Pozible without you! Afraid not Pozible!

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

 

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It’s been a long windy road from starting Bizoo zine a decade ago in the backwaters of Toowoomba town to taking the final book across Australia’s capital cities and regional towns while we deliver planned and guerrilla workshops on all things DIY/DIT (Do It Yourself/Do It Together).

Last year while touring through regional QLD, Australia, one of the hardest things to track down was a venue that suited our needs and offered as much access as possible to potential participants. A portable pop up venue out on the street, in laneways, on the beach, or at festivals or parties in the backyard.

With a love of bicycles and bringing the workshop to the people, this pop up bike trailer has been designed to fold down and away for plane and car trips, but fold out to ride around the country too. Workshops on gardening, stenciling, zine making, homebrew beers – what can’t you do with your own pop up venue ?
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Bizoo-KA @ The Melbourne Fringe Festival.

Monday, September 17th, 2012

West End Block Party!

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Add your secrets to the West End Block Party CULT-ure Map zine!

The West End community is going from strength to strength. The massive Kurilpa Derby – a massive street fest and DIY downhill race along the main street – was only a few weeks ago and now the West End Block Party is just around the corner, this Saturday, September 22nd.

The Block Party brings together the best of West Ends community passions. Locals Dubmarine, Ice Cream Factory Performers, Kingfisha, Kooii, Mouldy Lovers, Geppetto, Pastel Blaze, Vespyro, Super Poets, School Fight and One Dragon Two Dragon have been confirmed to lace the day with tunes while you get stuck into the arts workshops.

Amongst the frenzy are our Papier-mache friends who are creating native Australian birds to highlight the 145 bird species so far identified at Bimblebox Nature Refuge that are under attack due to a proposed coal mine.

From 4pm – 6pm the Bizoo crew join the party. We have been invited along to create a CULT-ure Map zine! You know those boring tourist guides found at backpackers and bus interchanges that show only the money spinning attractions and restaurants that have paid to be on the map? Stuff that. We want to reclaim the streets by highlighting the real events, attractions, cheap eats, artist-run spaces and affordable or free events that only locals would know about! In short – we want you to add your secrets to the map.

The beauty of West End is in its community, its hands on and engaged people. It doesn’t live online, on Facebook or in a blog, instead kicking its heels down the main street, up the nearest tree or tinkering under the house.

Bizoo is coming with your help to create and compile, print and distribute the 4101 CULT-ure Map at the Block Party. We’ll bring along all the resources and creative tools you need to add your story, insights and secrets. See you there !

FB Event page…

www.weekendnotes.com/west-end-block-party/
www.bizoo.com.au
www.thestaples.com.au/workshop

Bizoo is heading to the Melbourne Fringe Festival!

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

We have a dedicated page for Bizoo-KA! Find info about all the Boom Boom’s… Blah Blah’s… and Chop Chop’s… HERE!

Plus here’s our facebook event which will be kept up-to-date with all the developments and shenanigans with Bizoo-KA: FaceSpace Event page….

 

Bizoo is hitting the Road.

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

We’re heading north and south in late September, early October! It’s like we’re in somewhat of a serious touring band.

photo: JiÀhn Art Fotografie

 

This is Not Art
Newcastle NSW, Australia
27 Sep – 1 Oct 2012
www.thisisnotart.org

Crush Festival
Bundaberg QLD, Australia
2 October 2012

The Cut Copy P&ste Zine Workshop

Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2pm-4pm
3 October 2012

Create, Cut, and Spray it Printmaking Workshop
Box Hill Community Arts Centre, Melbourne, Australia
2pm-4pm
4 October 2012

Bizoo-KA@ the Melbourne Fringe Festival – Bizoo Book Launch
Old Bar Melbourne VIC, Australia
Saturday, 6 October 2012 6pm – late

Come say hi, learn a new skill or two and pick up the book.

Popping up all over the place…

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012

For more info, why not get in contact

presented by: The Ipswich City Council

Redbank Plaza
Thursday 24 May 3:30-8:30pm
Saturday 26 May 10am-3pm

Riverlink Shopping Centre
Thursday 31 May 3:30-8:30pm
Saturday 2 June 10am-3pm

Rosewood State School – ( School Hall)
Thursday 7 June 3pm-7pm
Saturday 9 June 10am- 4pm

Orion Shopping Centre
Thursday 14 June 3:30-8:30pm
Saturday 16 June 10am-3pm

presented by: Moreton Bay Regional Council

Bribie Island Foreshore/Jetty
Welsby Parade, Bongaree
Saturday, 23 June 10am – 2pm

Strathpine Library
Gympie Road, Strathpine
Thursday, 28 June 4 – 8pm

Caboolture Hub (The Studio)
Pressure Cooker Zine
4 Hasking St, Caboolture
Saturday, 30 June 10am – 3pm

Deception Bay Skate Park
Maine Terrace, Deception Bay
Thursday, 5 July 3 – 7pm

John Scott Park
Main Street, Samford Village
Saturday, 14 July 10am – 2pm

Hittin’ the Road…

Friday, March 9th, 2012

Want the crew to visit your town? Contact us here!

Twenty Eleven in Photos

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

The Final Count Down… Dalby!

Monday, December 5th, 2011

19 Nov: Dalby – Zine Workshop @ Dalby Regional Library

We were spent. Our hearts, souls and drive for the tour was almost gone, but we had to end on a high. We left Roma Friday morning with our sights set on Dalby.  The drive was mind-numbing and the scenery wasn’t helping. The only things that kept us going was the chance of a decent op shop in Miles and checking in with the crew from the Dogwood Crossing Gallery. Entering the gallery, the last thing we were expecting to come across was an exhibition from the Umbrella Studio which included work by the artist whose house we sat in Townsville, Gerald Soworka! We also picked up a copy of the graphic novel, The Lure Note.  Our Dalby host and librarian, Joel Kelly coordinated the project via the Western Downs Libraries. Elouise and I both had previously heard about the massive project but hadn’t seen a copy. Both instantly impressed with the amount of work and originality, we couldn’t wait to meet these creative Dalby crew.  The Lure Note is a graphic novel that was put together by the young people of Miles, Tara, Dalby and Chinchilla where they wrote, acted out and photographed the story before being illustrated by a graphic artist. You can grab yourself a copy at Smells Like Zines here. (shit product placement ahoy!)

During the entire month away we hadn’t spent a cent on accommodation, and Elouise and I planned to keep it that way even though we had no accommodation planned in Dalby. For a brief moment we did consider heading back to Toowoomba for a good night’s sleep but opted to crash in the car instead, as we felt doing so would be cheating.

The final day arrived! As the tour, which now feels like months ago, began on a high, we had to without question wrap this sucker up on a high. As Dalby is only an hour away from Toowoomba and 210km from Brisbane, we recruited ex-Dalby gal and ‘Take Aim Zine’ author Angie to share her wisdom as well as honorary Bizoo members Luc and Adele to deliver a shit hot workshop.

19 Nov: Dalby – Zine Workshop @ Dalby Regional Library (Photo: Angie)

It’s been two weeks since that Dalby workshop and we still can’t believe the imagination and creativity that came from the Dalby participants. Maybe they put something in the water but WOW! Crazed fantasy tales, the story of a pacer pencil that lasted a full year without changing the lead and that’s just two of the zines produced from that workshop. I guess we delivered the workshop we had hoped for. One of the most exciting outcomes from the Dalby workshop was the inception of a zine library to be housed at the Dalby Regional Library.

The tour had come to an end. We did everything that we set out to achieve and more.  Both Elouise and I have started to receive thankyou letters, handmade one off zines and photos from the tour appearing on social networking sites.

Our goal was to plant cultural seeds throughout regional and north Queensland areas as well as motivate people to create within their home towns.  Both of us can and have been sleeping soundly knowing we delivered such. I’m one to let actions speak rather than words. So, we assisted the inception of a festival to happen in Roma as well as a band to form, the local pool in Longreach is now regularly hosting workshops and events, inspired a lady to host her own zine workshops in Mackay and continue working with the Palm Island community to professionally print and document their bilingual map project.

19 Nov: Dalby – Zine Workshop @ Dalby Regional Library

Where to next… well we plan to deliver more workshops throughout Queensland and then take on the rest of the country. But before any of that will happen, we need to refuel and take a month off. Huge thanks most go out to everyone who made this journey possible. Thanks to the beautiful Steve and Ness for letting us use their wagon, without it the trip simply wouldn’t have happened.  All the communities that hosted our workshops as well as housed us. The Edge, for believing in our crazy idea and throwing us some coin to cover some of the basics and the most important people of all, YOU the ones who came along to our workshops that created new works and made this entire journey so successful.

So that’s it, 5 months worth of planning and 1 month on the road has come to an end…. well nearly… Over the month we created and kept a tally of oddities we spotted on the road. No doubt we missed a bunch of things but it kept us entertained and is much more fun than games of eye spy.

Don’t be a stranger!
Dr Jerm

Final Tally Board

BIG THINGS

The Big Meat Ant – Big Acoustic Guitar – The Big Rascist – Big Birds Nest – Big Anzac Hat – Big Rolly Poly – Big Crab – Big Cheese – Big Orange – Big Sheep – Big Kangaroo – Big Bundy Rum Bottle – Big Vinnies – The Big James Cook – Big Stockman – Big Barramundi – Big Frog on Banana – Big Indigenous Dude – Big Ibis – Big Mango – Big Painting – Big Marlin

Tally

- Novelty Letter Boxes 14

- My Family Stickers  63 + Frangipani Stickers  4

- Kookaburras 14

- Tidy Towns 9

- Traffic stops for road works 32

- Shitty Skate Parks 9

- Live Emus 11

- Cans of energy drinks drunk on tour 5

- Limp Biscuit cover of ‘Behind Blue Eyes’ playing on the radio 5

- WaterFall Buckets at Man Made Swim Parks 3

- Eggings 1

- Typewriters 8

- Shoes on a Wire 2

19 Nov: Dalby – Zine Workshop @ Dalby Regional Library

 

Bizoo or Bust!

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

It’s been over a week since the tour ended but the blog is not complete till we mention all the amazing places and things we’ve done and seen. Since returning to the real world, we blew up the vacuum cleaner, trashed our respective houses full of trinkets, souvenirs, dirty clothes and typewriters that need maintenance, and tried to shake our badly timed body clocks. Sorting through the trash heap that became the back seat and boot of the car, it was discovered that Dr Jerm lost one of his Macbeths, and I lost my 187 brand knee pads, making future falls while playing roller derby an unpleasant experience.

After writing out this blog entry, again around 1000 works, I accidently deleted the entire thing, or lost it. So expect this blog to be a little smaller than usual. Anyone that has spent a decent few hours writing something and have it deleted will know the second time you do it, it comes out short and sweet, and really, I’m sure you didn’t have the time or interest to read all thousand words anyway.

13 Nov: Blackall – Music/Zine workshop @ Blackall Memorial Hall

Packing up the Longreach experience and heading onto Blackall, we were met with a sight I wasn’t, and still aren’t ready for. So, so many dead kangaroos on the road. Just as my eyes began to adjust to seeing whole bodies, or maybe just bits splattered around, my heard sank. It was a family of boars bloated on the side of the road. Mumma boar, daddy boar and babby boar. I’m guessing someone shot them for sport. My gentle vegan soul just couldn’t and can’t handle it.

Returning to civilisation, we went to the newsagency to meet Bonny to pick-up keys for the memorial hall. It was scorching heat, but by the time we had set up we’d enticed a local group of young skater boys, or should I say scooter boys from the skate (scoot?) park next door. You wouldn’t believe that coming from Longreach, which, by demographics had more people and places, that Blackall had such a pimped out Hall. Thanks to funding from ‘gritty places’, the hall had been completely done up.

I met Victoria Nugget for the first time after meeting online,(thanks to my first day on Twitter – sweet right?) She’s a young gal who runs the weekly newspaper for Blackall all by herself. Going to all the events, taking photos, writing and editing articles and layout and distribution. A hell of a job, but it shows the further out you go, the more opportunities or experiences you allow yourself, regardless of age or experience. Something I love about small towns. The workshop had a pretty diverse group. Mainly scooter boys, an awesome dude called ‘Frosty’, Victoria and Bonnie. After the BBQ and workshop wrapped up we were treated to a town tour from Victoria, taking in some of the local pubs, and of course, the main street.  We took it all in ready for the next day…

14 Nov: Blackall

A rostered day off. There weren’t many on the tour between driving days and workshop days, or promotion and setting up days, but this was a full rostered day off. Of course being opportunists that we are, and thanks to a town and local sights map provided at our accommodation (more on that in a sec), we headed out for the day, ready for the real Blackall experience.

The first stop was the Opal shop, run by none other than a true blue fair dinkum ozzie. As well as all manner of precious rocks, the shop also features his old warn and found akubra hat collection. We chatted for a good while about his missus, local stuff and being in the outback. We had met the first of many Blackall characters.

Following the map took us up one street that had not only the local dump, but the Woolscour, and cemetery also. The dump shop was an open area of refuse, with something burning in the distance, real outback style. The Woolscour, well, we drove round it and left… not really our thing. But the cemetery… it housed the grave of local legend Jackie Howe, who is remembered in Australian history as the legendary fastest sheep shearer.

Being as hot as it was, and cramming in as much into the day as possible we also got photos (from within the car – lazy lot we are!) or the many monuments including the very, very cool big Rolly Polly (a massive empty sphere made of old fencing barbed wire). You’d hate for that thing to go rolling through your pasture.

Going to the most run down looking pub on the outskirts of town for a drink and a squiz proved to be a pretty tense encounter. Yes, the pub housed the most hilarious collection of ‘saws’ objects, including the Ring Saw, the Chain Saw, the Rick Saw, the Sea Saw and more, it also housed what has now been added to the big things list: the Big Racist. I’m not going to repeat the altercation, but it was pretty terrible, big racist style. For some haggard leathered old dude who had been an electrician in indigenous communities, and was currently enjoying a pretty cheap beer on their land, he certainly had a lot of nasty things to say. I avoided retaliating much because I was sitting next to the guy and quite certain he was going to punch me out. The guy sitting next to him also backed him up, which was even harder to comprehend. Needless to say we didn’t stay long, before retreating to the local swimming hole, equipped with a super-hot natural spring. It was so relaxing we could barely get out.

14 Nov: Blackall

Returning to our accommodation, the amazing Blackall Living Arts Centre, a complex that can house a dozen or so artists in residence placements at a time, and comes with individual apartment rooms as well as an industrial kitchen. We were greeted by a few ladies having a chat in the communal (and shaded) outdoors area. The space runs in a bit of a square, with rooms on each side and the outdoors area in the middle. And so it turned out the women were in fact the major of the town Jan and the cleaner. Its not every day you share your accommodation with the major of a town. Even more endearing was her striking similarities to the much loved old major of Toowoomba; Di Thorley. Both were / are passionate about the arts and community in their town and take pride in what they have and can offer to others.

I hope in the very near future to come back to Blackall, check out the much talked about Shockwave festival, and spend some quality time at the centre.

It was time to move on, and Roma was waiting for us. The dead animals on the road saga continued, but, at least there were lots of live emus to be seen on this stretch. LIVE emu’s. We stopped through Augathella, home of the Big Meat Ant, a lovely librarian, and famous traditional folk song ‘Brisbane Ladies’.

In Roma, we planned two workshops over two days. Meeting with the ladies at DISCO, we soon realised DISCO was a big part of this town, with many of the younger kids proudly wearing their caps. We went to the skate park to round up some youngins, and realised all they wanted was to graffiti their skatepark, or rather, for someone else too. They seemed too scared of something (the man?) to do it. Roma was actually a lot bigger than I expected, and we stayed in accommodation above a local pub.

17 Nov: Roma – Street Art Workshop @ Community Hall

Dropping off books to Golders (who have taken copies of Bizoo in the past) and the Book n Bean Coffee shop, our first workshop surprisingly ended up being made up of their collective children, who loved the chance to play with the typewriters, ink sets and other resources, and funnily enough, work in front of the giant fans. Dr Jerm ran a bit of a music workshop for one guy who came along especially keen to find out about to put on a gig for their band. We were graciously invited to dinner with the Golders family, which is a big deal.

The next day, thanks to harassing the local skate (again, I think scoot park is more appropriate) park boys we had an energetic and short attention spanned group. They loved the gocco and worked in short bursts. But zine making didn’t really suit them, they were there for a street art workshop, so a street art workshop it became. Can you guess the stencils that got made? You’d be right if you were thinking they were of scooters. And proud, mind you. With a few more muso dudes rocking up, Dr Jerm ran another music workshop in the corner.

Life on the road has been a huge adventure, with so many new faces, places and people to meet, take out and be taken out to gigs, dinners, drinks, exhibitions and more. Through the workshops we’ve met young kids, school dropouts, teachers, musicians, journalists, skate kids and everything in between. We’ve also met all sorts of characters along the journey from stopping off in what’s become the op-shop and dump shop tour, of sorts. All manner of kitchy junk, aquariums, stuffed toys, books and mags have been acquired. The most noticeable item from the op shops has been our typewriter collection jumping that started at two. We’ll let you know how many we’ve found when we release the tally board, but needless to say the workshops have only gotten better.

The final blog coming covers the final workshop and place on the tour, Dalby. It also releases the much anticipated final on the road tally board!

Elouise Quinlivan
Smells Like Zines